IN5010 – Design, Technology and Society

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

In this course we explore the relations between technology and society, with a focus on the social, political, and ethical dimensions of technology and how these, in turn, intersect with society. We explore in particular the linkages between design, technological change, and current societal challenges, such as automation, inequality, sustainability, privacy and surveillance, etc.

The basic assumption in this course is that we, as technology developers, designers, and innovators, contribute to making our future society. We will explore this role through working with practical examples, discussions, documentaries, and hands-on workshops.

Learning outcome

After this course you will be able to:

  • understand the relations between technology and society
  • discuss social and ethical challenges in technology design and use
  • present your perspective on the social and ethical responsibility of the information technology developer/designer/innovator
  • engage in critical and reflexive discussions of new and emerging information technologies

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

IN5010 and IN9010 will be assessed together in regards to the number of admissions, with priority given to PhD candidates with IN9010 in an approved study plan.

Overlapping courses


This is a five weeks intensive course. We will meet three days a week from 10:15 to 15:00 (16:00). The first meeting is mandatory for all students.

There are three mandatory assignments:

  • 80% participation
  • three short essays
  • presentation of project


The exam consists of a take home exam (essay). All mandatory assignments must be approved before you can take the exam.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: INF5011 – Technology Society Ethics (continued), IN9010 – Design, Technology and Society, INF9011 – Science technology society ethics (continued)

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester. Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 22, 2020 11:14:47 AM

Facts about this course

Spring and autumn
Teaching language

The course will become a Spring course from Spring 2021 onward.